November 2010 Indie Next List
“In Auster's latest novel, the once-vibrant Miles Heller has been running from responsibility, abandoning all contact with his family for seven years. Fleeing a doomed love affair in Florida, he returns to Brooklyn. Soon, Heller finds himself avoiding the law, squatting in Sunset Park among an eclectic cast of characters, and desperately trying to repair the damage done by his estrangement and guilt.This is a dark look at how life can turn in a moment's notice and how the resulting consequences can impact the ones we love the most.”
— Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force
Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.
An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families.
A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world.
William Wyler's 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives.
A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway.
An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage.
These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.
About the Author
Paul Auster is the bestselling author of "Sunset Park," "Invisible," "Man in the Dark," "The Book of Illusions," and "The New York Trilogy," among many other works. His books have been translated into forty-three languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Wise, weary and earthy, Auster has a remarkable voice…Listening to the novel would be as good as reading it.” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Auster’s dry, gravelly voice has a gravitas all its own… one almost feels that Auster is himself an Auster character, blowing smoke rings in an empty room while pondering Anerica’s mysteries and minutiae.” – Publishers Weekly
“The author reads his own work with great feeling, being able to express in his voice the depths of despair that each of his four main characters is experiencing. The interaction among the four is narrated as an ‘ebb and flow’ of life and its experiences.” – Sound Commentary